While teachers in Arizona have the leading role of creating and executing academic programs, activities, and services, teacher aides - otherwise known as paraprofessionals or paraeducators - also help students learn in meaningful, productive ways. Under the guidance of the teacher, teacher aides educate and tutor students and provide critical educational support for families. Below, you will find every step you need to take in order to become a teacher aide in the state of Arizona:
Arizona Teacher Aide Requirements
|Average Salary for Teacher Aides in Arizona (2017)*||$24,910|
|Required Degree||High school diploma/GED and associate's degree, at least 60 credit hours, or passed paraprofessional exam|
|Testing Requirements||If you don't have degree or credit hour requirements: Praxis ETS Parapro, ACT Workkeys, or Master Teacher's ParaEducator PD Now!|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Get Your Degree or Academic Credits
In order to become a teacher aide in Arizona, you must have your high school diploma or GED. You also need to have one of the following:
- At least an associate's degree
- The subject of your degree doesn't matter legally. But of course, an education-related subject will be most helpful to you in the classroom
- 60 finished credit hours - approximately 2 years of study - from an accredited higher education institution
- Class credits must be at the 100 level or higher
- Passed exam (to be discussed in the next step)
These educational requirements allow you to work in K-12 Arizona classrooms in Title I programs or Title I school-wide schools.
Step 2: Take Your Exam (If Necessary)
If you have your high school diploma or GED, but don't have an associate's degree or 60 credit hours, don't worry. By taking just one exam, you will be qualified to be a teacher aide in Arizona.
You will need to pass one of these tests:
- Praxis ETS Parapro Exam
- ACT Workkeys - including each of these subtests:
- Applied Math
- Reading for Information
- Master Teacher's Paraeducator PD Now!
- This exam used to be the Paraeducator Learning Network test
Step 3: Get Hired
Each school district in Arizona handles the hiring process for their paraprofessionals differently. However, they all will make sure to confirm that you have met the federal paraprofessional requirements described in Steps 1 and 2.
Feel free to reach out to the specific school district with which you want to work; you can ask for information about what they look for in their paraeducators and get a better idea of what the application process is like. You can also reach out to your school district with questions about the paraeducator exams, if you choose.
Once you become a teacher aide, you will have to fill out paperwork confirming that you meet these federal requirements every year. This is mandatory. The paperwork is then uploaded to a database, and your school district will keep this information on file for a minimum of 5 years.
Resources for Teacher Aides in Arizona
You don't have to worry about how you will study for your paraprofessional exam. There are resources you can use that will help you study the right information and achieve the best score you can. Below, you will find a link to a useful course for future teacher aides like you: